Robbie Lawler can get right back into title contention this Saturday night when he faces Matt Brown in the main event of UFC on FOX 12.
Earlier this year, Lawler (23-10) lost to Johny Hendricks in a bout to determine the new welterweight champion. Just over two months later, “Ruthless” rebounded in convincing fashion, finishing Jake Ellenberger.
Now he’ll fight for the third time in 2014 when he tries to stop the freight train known as “The Immortal.” Brown has won six straight, but Lawler has a plan ready to be put into place to defeat him.
“I’ve got to just go out there, move my feet, dictate the pace, not let him get in my face and put a hurting on him,” said Lawler, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I’ve got a lot more experience. The training at American Top Team has helped.”
Lawler has won four of his last five and is 6-2 overall in his last eight fights. This is his second stint with the UFC, but he credits his improved training camps as a reason for finding more success.
“There’re a lot of good guys who have pushed me to get better,” he said. “The coaches put me in the positions I’d be in in the fights, so I’ve been there a thousand times and know what to expect.”
Unlike most fighters who tend to keep their plans close to the vest, Lawler didn’t hesitate when asked, saying he plans to go for body shots and will “move my feet and beat him up in every aspect of an MMA fight.
“I’m exciteed to put on a show this Saturday. I’m in great shape and ready to go.”
FightLine will have coverage of the Lawler-Brown fight, including live play-by-play and post-fight news and information.